Line of Duty Deaths #2 & 3 – Michael J. McDonough, Firefighter and J. Smith Cowden, Firefighter

YFD Line of Duty Death #02
Michael J. McDonough, Firefighter
Date of Death: November 2, 1901
Burial Location: Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio

Michael J. McDonough joined the fire department on April 11, 1901. McDonough was a member of the fire department for only 7 months when he responded to a fire at Stambaugh’s stable on Belmont Ave. The date was November 1, 1901. It was 6:00am when the call came in. Fireman McDonough, Cowden and Smedley were operating a hose line on the structure when, without warning, the wall gave way and buried them. A short time later upon hearing of the accident, several of their colleagues began working as hard as they could to free the trapped firefighters. McDonough had sustained burns over much of his body. He passed away the next day at the city hospital.

YFD Line of Duty Death #03
J. Smith Cowden, Firefighter

Date of Death: March 22, 1902
Burial Location: Oak Hill Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio

J. Smith Cowden was appointed to the fire department on July 8, 1901. He was assigned to Station 1. He had only been a fireman for 9 months when he responded to a fire at Stambaugh’s stable on Belmont Ave. The date was November 1, 1901. It was 6:00am when the call came in. Fireman Cowden was operating a hose line on the structure when, without warning, the wall gave way and buried himself and two other firemen. He would pass away 20 weeks after the accident at the city hospital never having been well enough to leave.